This explains how I went from towing for 25yrs to becoming ill and then turning to writing a children's book series about 5yr old Darren and little sister Kaylee who play in their sandbox. Darren's imagination takes over and he becomes Captain Recovery and with his shiny blue tow truck performs very tough tow jobs.
No matter where you are on the path to publication, you probably have questions - but getting honest answers is a challenge. I'll share strategies that worked for me, tips and techniques from my picture book writing toolbox, and a boatload of encouragement and inspiration.
Ask all of your questions about Lila and her magical friends, what it's like to draw pictures for a book, or what my favorite color is? Any questions you have, I'll answer. We can even color while we talk too!
Have you ever wondered what an author's daily routine looks like? How they come up with the names and personalities of their characters? What they do when they get rejection letters or Writer's Block? Maybe you’re curious about their writing process...which of their books is their favorite (or least favorite!) - - and WHY - - or perhaps you're…
Have you ever wondered what authors do in their spare time? How they create the names and personalities of their characters? What they do when they get rejection letters or Writer's Block?
Maybe you’re curious about their writing process...which of their books is their favorite (or least favorite!)...or perhaps you're simply dying to know the…
Dress in your cutest pajamas for a story time with award-winning author Katie L. Carroll. Relaxing stretches get all the wiggles out before an interactive reading of the picture book THE BEDTIME KNIGHT, followed by a guided mediation for young readers to explore their imaginations.
Virtually meet the illustrator of Georgia ABC's: A Finding Milo Book, written by Chris Jespersen and illustrated by Josie Toney. Georgia ABC's is the first in a series of alphabet books featuring the state's plants, animals, cities and landmarks. Readers can have fun finding Milo, the curious and sometimes hiding dog.
Meet author Susan Chodakiewitz and Learn The Friendship Dance from the Picture Book Wobegon and Mildred. Kids will learn about the process of writing a picture book, discuss the important social emotional lessons from the book and learn the dance steps to the My Best Friend Dance, from the musical version of the book Wobegon and Mildred.
The birthday pony is a dream come true for the girl but her dream shatters when he is taken from her. Making the best of his new life the pony never stops hoping to find his little girl. And she never stops looking for him. Read-Aloud with the author/illustrator and lesson on drawing your own dream pony.
Tesla was a dreamy kid when he had his first big idea and when he moved to America, his dreams and his new engineering ideas sailed with him. Tesla's bright ideas about electricity still bring light to our homes at night. Learn about Tesla and the battles he had to fight to do just that and watch how electricity is created right in front of you.
Beverly Cleary’s Ramona The Pest and Ralph the Mouse are favorites in children’s literature. Illustrator Tracy Dockray talks about working with the popular author, discusses Cleary’s childhood, and what led Cleary to write her popular series. Tracy lets listeners on to story secrets that she learned along the way.
"How technology is changing industries," or "Can you believe this is someone's job?"
Careers in STEAM, based on the Find Your Future in STEAM series
2020 Featured Series, Take Our Daughters & Sons to Work Day #WorkplaceSuperstars
Each participant may choose a free book from each of the five titles
When it comes to bright futures, STEAM is where…
Ian C Douglas came to writing after ten years in education. He has an MA in Creative Writing (Distinction) and runs creative writing workshops for both adults and children. He mentors emerging writers one-to-one. This session is a relaxed Q&A when Ian will talk about his writing practice and take questions.
✨One boy. One moon. One million surprises!✨ Read-along with multi-award-winning author and illustrator K.J. Kruk as she delights readers young and old with her best-selling middle-grade adventure, Leo Gray and the Lunar Eclipse!
What do clouds feel like? How fast does the world's fastest train go?
Wonder has always driven my book ideas and writing and it's help me develop a love of research. During this program, I'll talk with participants about the types of research I do and how they could be doing the same sort of investigating.
Pick any one of Nancy's 10 books about true-life heroes for a high energy, interactive storytelling. Nancy will read the book, share the story behind the story and help your kids brainstorm how they, too can be heroes.
If you have burning questions about STICKS & STONES, BUBBLES, and/or FRIEND OR FICTION and/or would like to understand more about the writing and/or revision process for any/all of my novels, this program is for you!
Are you an aspiring Author or Illustrator of children's picture books? Meet with Maryann Cocca-Leffler, who has published over 70 books in her 35+ year career as a self-agented Author/Illustrator. She will share what it takes to break into the competitive world of publishing and answer your questions.
Learn the story behind the story! Did Sandra Horning grow that pumpkin, and did she really dedicate one of her books to a chicken? Sandra will share the inside story behind her books, from inspiration to publication!
Meet the author of middle grade novels: Sing Something True, Julia's Kitchen, and Jemma Hartman Camper Extraordinaire. Learn the real life stories that inspired these books and find out how Brenda went from a wannabe writer to an award-winning published author. Here's a secret: You can do it, too!
In this online class for ages 5-8, we will be learning all about how to keep germs away!
This is a live, small group online class - available on any device, and anywhere like the comfort of home! 🏡
Contact for details, to ask questions and book. The menu includes an online introduction to two of Life's Little Bug characters, Flu Bug and Tummy Bug …
Janet Lawler was a kid once, just like you! Many seeds of her career as an author were planted in her childhood. She will share details that foster a love of reading and writing and help kids realize that they already have stories of their own to tell.
If you're really trying to motivate your kids to write (and enjoy doing it), then this presentation can help! Combined with a healthy dose of humor, I'll work through the actual process of how to write (and publish) a book, touching on all the various aspects, from how we generate ideas, the joy of writing, the importance of revision, and the…
Do you believe in magic? As an author, I believe my life is all about making magic! When we meet, let’s dress up as witches and wizards. Then I’ll show you my magic hat and magic notebook that helped me write the book IT’S RAINING BATS & FROGS. After, I’ll read the book to you. Perhaps we can even make some magic together…
Join British kid's author, poet and stand-up comic, IAN BILLINGS, on an intergalactic voyage full of fun, frolics and out-of-this-world poetry. Let's countdown to blast off and see what extraterrestrial poems we encounter on the way. It could be "The Tale of the Sad Black Hole" or "Light Sabre's Last Swish" or "Behold the Mighty Quongo" or many,…
Join British kid's author, poet and stand-up comic, IAN BILLINGS, in a sploshtastic visit of fun, frolics and aquatic rhymes! All aboard for a sea-going voyage as we navigate our passage through poems like "HMS Tremble", "Reggie the Dolphin" and the awesome "Moby Duck!"
Have you ever finished a book and thought, "Oh, I'd love to meet the author and ask her __________?" This program is for individuals or families who have finished reading WINTERFROST, a magical, wintry tale rooted in Scandinavian lore. Meet Michelle Houts, hear about how Klakke and Gammel and the Pedersen family came to be, and -- most importantly…
Join British kid's author, poet and stand-up comic, IAN BILLINGS, in a spooktacular visit of fun, frolics and lots of ghoulish rhymes. Dare you join Ian as he reads some chilling, but chucklesome, frightening, but frolicsome, hair-raising but hilarious poems from his new book "Boooo!!!" ??
If you want to be a writer, it doesn’t matter how old you are. What matters is how much you practice. Discover my journey from 12-year-old paid columnist to award-winning author. Ask me questions about how to achieve your writing goals.
Life can be stranger than fiction! Our lives are filled with ideas to get the creative juices flowing. Remember, elaborating isn't lying. IT'S FICTION! Paper, pencil, and a sense of excitement are the only requirements.
Are you curious about what it's like to be a writer? Ask me anything.
Where do I get my ideas?
How do I find a publisher?
Do I need to find my own illustrator?
What do I earn from my books?
Nothing is off-limits . . . well, maybe, "How old are you?" :-)
Learn about the writing process - brainstorming ideas, researching, writing, revising, and publishing. Through an interactive presentation, I demystify the process and provide practical tips to assist students with their own writing projects.
Dinosaurs might not be able to put a birthday party together - but they're still pretty awesome! Children will learn about the process of how "Don't Ask a Dinosaur" came together, cool facts about the dinosaurs included (and some that didn't make the cut!), and how a 7-year-old child "saved" the book before it went to press!
Creating a character, either to perform on the stage or to have as the main focus of your story, is a challenging, as well as an exciting project. Join me to discuss some of the elements of making a character memorable and your story a page-turner.
Have you ever felt like you had a question that went unanswered or a goal you didn’t achieve? I have but I learned to take advantage of opportunities when presented to me. Closed mouths do not get fed. So, before you miss out on answers and goals like I have, let’s talk authentically!
This one can be catered to the specific needs or wants of the audience - but, basically, Kevin will try to give more of a master class in how he writes and draws and what YOU can steal from him to make your own art better.
For kids who are fascinated by tractors, for future farmers, and for city kids who don't know where hay comes from -- this is for you! We'll start with a rollicking interactive read-aloud of "Hey, Hey, Hay! (A Tale of Bales and the Machines That Make Them") with time to talk about how we make hay.
Is your child interested in the search for legendary animals that might be real like Bigfoot and The Loch Ness Monster? Join Lija Fisher, children's book author and Bigfoot Conference speaker, as she shares tidbits about these mysterious creatures and how some animals of myth and legend have already been found!
Are you or someone you love or work with a current or former foster kid? Or have you read The Quiet You Carry or Quiet No More and would like to talk with the author? Individuals or groups can book a talk with me to chat about writing, foster care, beating the odds against me to live my dreams, or anything else that you have in mind!
How do you find ideas for your stories? Let's explore together! What happens next with a good idea? Crafting a story is a process where each step is important, but it could also be a bit tricky. Not to worry -- we can make each element of a good story fun and easy to follow!
If Laurie's books are among your child's favorites, this is their chance to meet one-on-one with the creator of the beloved Mallory McDonald and Ruby Valentine series! They can ask her anything they've ever wanted to know about her books and writing process. No materials required, just a love of Laurie's books.
We are going to make the basic Picture Book at home. From this you will learn how to progress to bigger and better books. You will need 4 x A4 sheets of writing paper, pencils and eraser and crayons or coloured pencils.